Prepare the mussels
Clean the mussels
Rinse 1 kg fresh mussels under cold running water to remove any grit, then use a cutlery knife to scrape off any barnacles.
Give them a tap
Discard any cracked mussels. Gently tap any open mussels on a chopping board. Discard any that don't close, as they are dead.
Remove the 'beards'
While the 'beard' isn't harmful, it isn't very nice to eat. To remove, grasp it between your thumb and fore finger and pull downwards towards the hinged end of the shell. Tug firmly until it comes out.